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June 6th, 2014
04:47 PM ET

In book, Clinton raised concern about any Taliban talks for Bergdahl

(CNN) - When she was America's top diplomat, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that negotiating with the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl's release "would be hard to swallow for many Americans," according to a copy of her upcoming book, "Hard Choices," which was obtained by CBS News.

In other foreign policy matters, Clinton writes how she pushed for arming Syrian rebels and also highlights her differences with President Barack Obama on the high-stakes issue. She also said that she regretted her 2002 vote in support of U.S. military action in Iraq.

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June 6th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Bergdahl's friend, fmr. comrade: He served with honor, until he deserted us

(CNN) – Former Army Spc. Gerald Sutton, a platoon mate and friend of Bowe Bergdahl, describes the man he met back in 2009 as nice, someone who kept to himself, but "seemed like one of the guys."

For his newly-freed, one-time friend, he has just one pressing question.

"The biggest question I want to ask is: Why?" said Sutton. "If he still considers me a friend, was he just lying to me the entire time? If it was pre-planned? But overall the big question, if I could get an answer to (it), is why?"
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June 6th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Susan Rice defends Bergdahl comments, calls his service 'honorable'

Colleville-sur-Mer, FRANCE (CNN) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise ofArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness to go to war for his country - despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues.

Susan Rice, who on Sunday said Bergdahl served the United States with "honor and distinction," told CNN in an interview that she was speaking about the fact the Idaho native enlisted and went to Afghanistan in the service of his country.

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